Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Kindergartener's Poultry Dictionary

There is a lot of chicken talk around our house so I thought it would be fun to ask our 5-year-old, Little Chicken Tender, to define some poultry words.




beard (or muff) - fluff on the cheeks

beak - for pecking and eating

broody - when a chicken lays on the same egg thinking it's going to be a chick; it can be their egg or another chicken's egg

clutch - a whole bunch of eggs

comb - red stuff coming out of their head

coop - a house for chickens

The Saltbox Coop from My Pet Chicken

dust bath - how chickens take baths, where they get dirty and dust every morning



flock - a whole group of chickens

free-range - when chickens get to walk wherever they want and get to eat whatever they want

hen - a girl chicken

nest - a round stick thing that chickens lay eggs in

pecking order - where there is a leader chicken that tells all the other chickens what to do 

preen - when chickens clean their feathers with their beak

pullet - a young chicken

roost - a stick up high where chickens sleep

rooster - a boy rooster that tells you when to wake up with a cock-a-doodle-do

waddle - red stuff coming out of their chin

molt - when a chicken loses it's feather and then they grow back


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Friday, July 25, 2014

I CAN do this - Raspberry Jam without Pectin or Refined Sugar


Now that I feel like I mastered making strawberry jam without pectin or refined sugar, it's time to move on and can some raspberry jam.  I had so much success with the 100 Days of Real Food strawberry jam recipe that I decided to use it again.  The end result did not disappoint, however, I should point out that the jam is not thick because the recipe does not use pectin.


Why no pectin? Pectin is a natural occurring thickening agent and is extracted from fruit such as apples, plum, gooseberries and oranges.  Some commercial pectins add dextrose or may contain artificial sweeteners, fillers or chemicals.   If you are buying a "pure" commercial pectin you may have no idea the pesticides/herbicides that were used on the fruit it was extracted from. 





Ingredients:*
Half flat of raspberries
3/4 cups honey
1 1/2 unpeeled apples, grated 
1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Directions: 
From 100 Days of Real Food -  Jam Recipe without Pectin or Refined Sugar 

*Try and use local, organic ingredients when possible.



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday's Tip from Our Junior Blogger: Snacks for Chickens

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a 5-year-old!

By Little Chicken Tender

Snacks for Chickens
You shouldn't feed chickens all kinds of foods because you don't know if they will get sick or not.  Type on the computer "What kind of snacks can my chickens eat?" and it will tell you which food they can eat or can't eat.

These are some of the foods that I know chickens can eat:
oatmeal
yogurt
watermelon
cherry tomatoes
strawberries
raspberries
blueberries
lettuce
kale
broccoli
eggs that are cooked

These are some of the foods that I know chickens CANNOT eat:
chips
crackers
chocolate chips
cake
cupcakes
candy


Thank you, Little Chicken Tender, for the chicken snack list.  For a more accurate list of foods that are safe/unsafe for your chickens I suggest you visit Tilly's Nest

Thanks for reading!  Stay tuned next week for more chicken tips from Little Chicken Tender. 




Friday, July 18, 2014

Hummus with Jalapeños and Cilantro


I have been experimenting with hummus recipes for awhile and I think I finally landed on a family favorite. This recipe includes jalapeños and cilantro to give it a bit of a kick. My 3-year-old eats this hummus by the spoonful!

Ingredients*
2 15oz cans of garbanzo beans (Eden Organic canned foods have BPA free linings)
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup of tahini
1 large garlic clove
3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons of sea salt
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 small jalapeño, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
Water

Directions
Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans.  Next add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until creamy. Add small amounts of water and blend until you get the consistency that you like.

*Try and use organic ingredients when possible.



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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday's Tip from our Junior Blogger: Keep Your Chickens Cool in Hot Weather

Summer is in full force here in Portland, Oregon and it's suburbs. It has been 90 plus degree for days now and the chickens are really feeling it.  To stay cool our poor Goldhen Girls have been walking around with their wings held away from their body.  I have been looking for ways to help our feathered ladies beat the heat and decided to ask our very own Little Chicken Tender for some tips.  

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a 5-year-old!

By Little Chicken Tender

Keep Your Chickens Cool in Hot Weather

Make sure that your chickens go in the shade.  Feed them watermelon and make sure that they drink lots of water.  Do all of that when it's 90 degrees outside.  You could also put out electric fans for them.  One fan could even go in the coop.  Put out a sprinkler or pool if your chickens like to go in water.  If your chickens don't like water just use the electric fans.



Thanks for the tips, Little Chicken Tender! Our winters are very long in the Pacific Northwest so I don't want to complain about this lovely sun we are getting, but I wouldn't mind a break from this hot spell and get a nice cool 75 degrees.   

Thanks for reading!  Stayed tuned next week for more tips from our junior blogger.



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday's Tip from our Junior Blogger: How to Find and Use a Chicken Sitter

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a 5-year-old!

How to Find and Use a Chicken Sitter


When you go on vacation and you have chickens, you have to get a chicken sitter.  You might be able to find a chicken sitter on care.com.  If there are no chicken sitters where you live ask your neighbors or friends to help.  Pay them $2.03.  Tell the chicken sitter to feed the chickens at 5:00pm every day and make sure they have water in their bucket to drink.  The chicken sitter needs to close the coop at night so raccoons, owls, cats and dogs don't come in and snatch the chickens.  And make sure to tell the chicken sitter to not let the chickens in the garden or Mom will get mad.





Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tuesday's Tip from Our Junior Blogger: Clean the Chicken Coop

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a 5-year-old!



Clean the Chicken Coop
You need to clean the chicken coop because it gets stinky and the chickens might step in their poop.  You should clean it everyday, but if you forget, just clean it the next day.  To clean your coop use gloves and a bag.  Pick up the poop with one of the gloves on your hand and use the other hand with a glove to hold the bag.  Once you finish cleaning the poop put fresh shavings in.  You are done so now you can go play.


Thanks, Little Chicken Tender, but I think cleaning the coop everyday is a bit much.  How about once a week?  And for those of you with a very large coop, it probably involves more than gloves and a bag!

Thank for reading!  Stay tuned for another tip next Tuesday.